To acknowledge Homelessness Week, 1 – 7 August 2022, we will present a special screening of the award-winning British movie A Street Cat Named Bob.

A Street Cat Named Bob is a 2016 British biographical drama film directed by Roger Spottiswoode based on the book of the same name and The World According to Bob by James Bowen. The film stars Luke Treadaway, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt, Anthony Head, and Bob the Cat as himself. 

James Bowen is a homeless man and former heroin addict, living on the streets of London and down to his last bits of change. After a life-threatening drug-related incident, his support worker Val gets him into a council flat and prescribes him methadone in an attempt to get him off the street. On his first night in his flat James discovers a cat rifling through his food. Assuming the cat had escaped from somewhere, James tries to return the cat to his real owners.

The film won Best British Film at the 2017 UK National Film Awards.

Patrons attending the screening will also be encouraged to bring along non-perishable items to donate to the various Bundaberg charities to distribute to homeless persons. These items may include tinned or packaged foods, toiletries, and feminine hygiene products.

Proceeds from all ticket sales to this film screening will go towards purchasing a Sleepbus for Bundaberg. The cost to purchase a Sleepbus is around $100,000.

What is sleepbus? There are 116,000 people homeless every night in Australia; of those 8,200 are sleeping rough on the streets and more than 1,000 are under 12 years old.
When a person doesn’t have access to a safe place to sleep, they put themselves at risk; physically and mentally. Let's face it, you can’t actually ‘sleep’ on the street and this is where sleep deprivation kicks in and magnifies those risks. Every single day a person is on the street, the harder and harder it becomes to find a pathway out.

sleepbus is one organisation rolling out ongoing solutions to this problem. sleepbus® is run by Sleep Bus Ltd, 365 days per year; 8pm to 8am. The operational hours have to be chosen so that it fits in with community expectation and concern. sleepbus literally rolls in at 8pm each night, long after people have left work and then we leave by 8am, before people return the next morning.

They have a combination of paid and volunteer staff assisting with the service each night. Paid staff are security personnel, with volunteers assisting with putting away belongings and as well as
assisting with pets where required. 

To learn more about the Sleepbus project go to: www.sleepbus.org

VIP Ticket includes pre-show food and drinks.

Contact name: Moncrieff Box Office
Contact phone: (07) 4130 4100
Contact email: moncrieff@bundaberg.qld.gov.au

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